Help Aging Parents: In Honor of Memorial Day 2011

Memorial Day is a time to remember that not all parents can age well. Some give the ultimate sacrifice in times of war, leaving widows and children; others receive injuries that change their lives forever.

Memorial Day, commemorating those who died in military service, was originally called Decoration Day. Its early observance–on May 30th as a time to decorate the graves of war dead with flowers–came in 1868, 3 years after the Civil War.

It was expanded to honor those who died in all American wars at the end of WWI. And in 1971 Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday, taking it from a 1-day holiday observance (unless it fell on a Friday or Monday making for a 3-day weekend) to a Monday observance that created the 3-day holiday weekend we observe today.  (For a full history click:

From the LLMilitaryWife’s YouTube video of this year’s Memorial Day ceremonies at Flanders Field,

…to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu:

…to the reflections of a columnist for the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press, 

…and the personal experiences of a San Diego (CA) writer, 

we sample this weekend’s thoughts and tributes. Help Parents Age Well honors those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

This Post replaces Tuesday’s regular post.

2 thoughts on “Help Aging Parents: In Honor of Memorial Day 2011

  1. I really appreciated your post. Many of our parents served in the military during WWII or Korea. I so value their service as I do the military of today. On Memorial day I like to reflect on those that have served and died in action for us.

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